Slowed by the wind, Charles Philibert-Thiboutot misses his Olympic qualification

The intense wind which swept the track of the Center Claude-Robillard, made its objective impossible to achieve. The Quebecer finished the 1,500m in first place but with a disastrous time of 3: 40.78, more than 5 seconds off the Olympic standard.

It went well for three laps and in the last 200 meters I lost 4 seconds, explained the 30-year-old. It is as if a semi-trailer has entered me.

All is not lost for the athlete from Quebec. He will make a final attempt to run in 3: 35 or less at the Montreal Classic on Tuesday night, on the same track.

: 36 and I was not at all in the shape and health that I am now. If the conditions are good, I will be able to do the standard and I still believe in it. “,” Text “:” In the evening, the wind often drops a little so we can expect better conditions. Three weeks ago I was doing 3:36 and was not at all in the shape and health that I am now. If the conditions are right, I will be able to do the standard and I still believe in it. “}}”>In the evening, the wind often drops a little so we can expect better conditions. Three weeks ago I was doing 3:36 and was not at all in the shape and health that I am now. If the conditions are good, I will be able to do the standard and I still believe in it.

Qualifying via the global ranking seems out of reach for Philibert-Thiboutot who is 49th, four steps from a place in Tokyo.

For the women, Julie-Anne Staehli won with a time of 4: 08.83. Staehli will only participate in the 5000m in Tokyo. For her part, Lucia Stafford, 22, has failed to approach the Olympic standard. The wind also annoyed her in the final 100 meters so that she finished the race in second place in 4: 09, 61, more than five seconds off the time.

Stafford, however, has excellent chances of making it to the Games by virtue of his world rankings. She was 35th before this event and 45 runners will be present in Tokyo.

I am in a good position, believes the sister of Gabriela Debues-Stafford, who will be in the 1500m at the Olympics. Fingers crossed. The decision to send me to Tokyo now rests with Athletics Canada. I hope they will choose me.

A first Olympic experience for Django Lovett

After the withdrawal of Olympic champion Derek Drouin a few days ago, the canadian high jump can console itself. Django Lovett achieved the Olympic standard of 2.33m for the very first time in his career. A gift just over a week away from his 29th birthday which gave him great pleasure.

I’ve been waiting for this moment for so long, it’s surreal even though I’ve visualized it in my head a lot of times, Lovett said. This breakthrough comes at a crucial moment and shows that I am ready, that the stars are aligned.

The jumper crossed the bar at 2.33 m.

Django Lovett

Photo: Bernard Brault / Athletics Canada / Bernard Brault / Athletics Canada

Lovett appears to be reacting well under pressure, he whose previous personal mark of 2.30m was achieved at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and won him the bronze medal.

Michael Mason (2, 29 m) for his part finished second but his place in Tokyo has already been secured.

Meanwhile, the mixed 4x400m relay, a discipline that will make its Olympic debut this month, was handled by Phillip Osei, Alicia Brown, Micha Powell and Nathan George. Their time of 3: 17.31 is just under 2 seconds from a place among the 16 nations that will go to Japan. The quartet will resume on Tuesday.

In the women’s discus throw, the victory went to Trinity Tutti with a throw of 56.72m, just under 7m from the Olympic standard.

On the men’s side, Jordan Young won without being able to qualify for the Olympics. His effort of 63.38 m leaves him almost 3 meters from the desired goal.

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